After University of California at Berkeley officials decision to rescind an invitation for conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter to speak on campus, only to restore the invitation for a later date...
HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher exclaimed on his show Friday night that...
"Berkeley, you know, used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it's just the cradle for f—king babies."As The Hill reports, Coulter's speech set for this Thursday was canceled due to anxiety by school officials that protests could spin out of control the same way they did in February when alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. Riots resulted in more than $100,000 in damage to the campus and the speech was cancelled due to security concerns.
But after scathing criticism, the school reversed its decision on Coulter on Thursday, and will host the speech on May 2, a witches Sabbath.
“I feel like this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop," Maher said before taking aim at former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean for his tweet stating hate speech isn't protected by the First Amendment.
Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment. https://t.co/DOct3xcLoY— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 21, 2017
“Yes it is!” Maher insisted.
“Threats are not protected by the First Amendment,” the host added.
“It doesn't mean 'just shut up and agree with me.’”
Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, a panelist on Maher’s show Friday, doubled down on Maher’s criticism.
“It’s a shame,” she said. “Liberals are creating a fantasy land on college campuses that does not exist in the real world.”Maher and Coulter are longtime friends. She has appeared on "Real Time" on multiple occasions over the years. “I obviously don’t believe in his politics, but I like him. He’s a true and loyal friend. He always has been,” Coulter told Sean Hannity last year.
Ironically, as The Hill notes, Maher was UC-Berkeley's 2014 fall commencement speaker, but students at the time started a petition to have him removed over a disagreement on the atheist comedian's views on religion and Islamic terror.